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A Combination of Coenzyme Q10, Feverfew and Magnesium for Migraine Prophylaxis: A Prospective Observational Study

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.), magnesium and coenzyme Q10 are frequently used for migraine prophylaxis. Supplementation with a fixed combination of these three agents (Antemig®, PiLeJe) was investigated in an observational study. Read more here.

Perceived Benefits of Utilising Acupuncture by Reason for Use among US Adults

The number of acupuncture users is growing in the USA, having increased nearly 50% from 2002 to 2012.1 However, relatively little is known about the reason for use (ie, treatment only, wellness only or a combination of both treatment and wellness) and perceived benefits of utilising acupuncture (eg, stress reduction) according to reason for use among US adults. An understanding of reasons for use and perceived benefits may help guide acupuncturists and healthcare professionals to maximise patient-centred healthcare utilisation.

Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Inpatient Settings

While use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in children, we know little about its use for hospitalized children. This survey measured the rate of CAM use, specific modalities used, and policies related to CAM use for hospitalized children. Read more here.

Prevalence, Patterns, and Perceived Value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among HIV Patients: A Descriptive Study

Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread among different patient populations despite the availability of evidence-based conventional medicine and lack of supporting evidence for the claims of most CAM types. This study explored the prevalence, patterns, and perceived value of CAM among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. Read more here.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) encompasses a host of genetically inherited disorders in which red blood cells become increasingly deformed and friable, causing vaso-occlusion and haemolysis. This disease is one of the most common, severe, single gene mutation (monogenic) disorders. Read more here.

Student Acupuncturists: Career Choice and Views on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

New Zealand, like many other Western countries, has experienced an increase in the use of complementary and alternative treatment modalities, such as that of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) based acupuncture. While there has been an increase in the utilization of TCM-based acupuncture, there has also been an increase in the number of individuals graduating with a degree specializing in acupuncture. Limited research exists that has examined why individuals have chosen to study TCM-based acupuncture.

Effective Heart Disease Detection Based on Quantitative Computerized Traditional Chinese Medicine Using Representation Based Classifiers

At present, heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Traditionally, heart disease is commonly detected using blood tests, electrocardiogram, cardiac computerized tomography scan, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and so on. However, these traditional diagnostic methods are time consuming and/or invasive. In this paper, we propose an effective noninvasive computerized method based on facial images to quantitatively detect heart disease.

Effect of Acupuncture and Its Influence on Cerebral Activity in Perimenopausal Insomniacs: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

Perimenopausal insomnia is one of the core symptoms of the menopausal transition. Acupuncture is considered to exert a positive effect on restoring the normal sleep–wake cycle. However, there is little intuitive evidence besides evaluation using clinical effectiveness scales. We therefore designed this study, aiming to use more intuitive and reliable detection techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging before and after applying acupuncture to provide neuroimaging evidence, as well as to verify the effectiveness with other curative effect indicators.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Older Adults: Differences between Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers

Compares use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) across age cohorts. Design: Secondary analysis of data from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys. Participants: Adults born in 1964 or earlier (n=11,371). Over half (61.3%) are baby boomers and fifty-three percent are female. Seventy-five percent of the sample is white, 10.2% African American, .6% black Caribbean, 9.35 Latino, and 4.1% Asian. Read more here.

Complementary Alternative Medicine Practices and Beliefs in Spinal Cord Injury and Non-Spinal Cord Injured Individuals

To compare the beliefs and practices of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), their friends and family members (F&F SCI), and healthcare professionals (HCP) regarding complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Read more here.